Effective Fall 2012


This Certification is intended for undergraduate students in various disciplines across TAMIU who are interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service, international institutions, non-governmental international organizations, and multinational corporations as well as those who recognize the importance of understanding international issues to virtually any career field. The undergraduate Certificate in International Studies allows students to enhance their degree program with a concentration in international studies. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Office of Global Initiatives/Binational Center (OGI/BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.


Internationalization is a process which focuses on the social, legal, economic, political, and technological aspects of countries other than the United States. It often involves working with people from several disciplines to define a common goal. No single discipline can provide a thorough understanding of the globalization process. Rather, students must be exposed to several disciplines to obtain the holistic perspective required to analyze its complexity.


The Certificate in International Studies integrates a wide variety of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach. The student declares a major in an established academic department and then focuses in international studies as laid out in this certification. The Certification in International Studies meets the needs of the students and proves useful both in terms of career opportunities and contribution to international issues.


Criteria for Admission and Qualification

The student must:
· have completed 60 or more semester credit hours of coursework
      · be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
      · submit an Application for the CIS program to the Binational Center


Criteria for Earning the Certificate in International Studies

The student must:
        · successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
        · attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
        · participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of required CIS courses


Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its global context and relevancy for fostering cross-national understanding. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses such as an international capstone seminar or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the OGI/BINC Advisor.


College of Arts and Sciences           
ANTH3304 ENGL4355 HIST3394 PSCI4335
ANTH3306 ENGL4397 HIST4342 PSCI4340
ANTH3308 GEOG3351 HIST4391 PSCI4350
ANTH4302 GEOG3352 MATH4385 SOCI3308
ANTH4351 GEOG3353 PORT3324 SOCI4318
ARTS3310 GEOG4395 PSCI3305 SPAN4317
COMM4320 HIST3330 PSCI3308 SPAN4371
COMM4324 HIST3351 PSCI3310 SPAN4397
ENGL3326 HIST3352 PSCI3340 Study Abroad
ENGL4326 HIST3380 PSCI3353  
ENGL4334 HIST3392  PSCI4309  
                A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business           
BA3320 ECO4340 ECO4390 TIL3311
BA4390 ECO4350 FIN4380 Study Abroad
ECO3325 ECO4370 MKT4310  
                College of Education           
EDBE3322 EDBE3340 EDBE4336 EDRD3302
EDBE3325 EDBE4310 EDBE4399 EDRD4317
EDBE3326 EDBE4334 EDDP4324 Study Abroad
EDBE3338 EDBE4335 EDHW3341  
                College of Nursing and Health Sciences           
NURS1302 NURS4340 Study Abroad  

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Studies should register with the OGI/BINC and meet with its advisor if necessary. Students must complete and submit the appropriate form to the OGI/BINC at Pellegrino Hall 302A as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree.  Certificates will be processed at the end of the semester and the OGI/BINC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, after graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.

For additional information contact:

Texas A&M International University
Binational Center
International Language Institute

5201 University Boulevard
Pellegrino Hall 301/302
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
Tel:  956-326-2834
Fax: 956-326-2836
Email: binationalcenter@tamiu.edu
Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 5 pm
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